Additionally, the state plans to adjust the governor’s mask orders to align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidelines for fully vaccinated people.
Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today.
Illinois and Chicago enter bridge phase, marking final stage before full reopening
Illinois and Chicago both enter the bridge phase on Friday – a transitional period aimed at bringing the city and state closer to a full reopening that will see increased capacity limits at places like museums, zoos, stadiums and more.
The long-awaited phase is the penultimate step of Restore Illinois’ reopening plan, which ends with phase 5, a period when all capacity limitations are lifted.
“The people of Illinois have worked so hard over the past year and a half to keep their families and neighbors safe, and reaching Bridge Phase means we are closer than ever to a return to normalcy. Governor JB Pritzker said Thursday. “To continue this progress, I urge all eligible Illinois residents – now including youth ages 12 to 15 – to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
The bridge phase will allow for higher capacity limits at restaurants, bars, gymnasiums, spectator events and more.
As the city and state announced plans to reach the bridge phase on Friday, Chicago’s restrictions will differ slightly from those in the state, though the city plans to join state guidelines in the weeks. to come up.
So, what changes between phase 4 and the bridge phase? Here’s a breakdown by category.
Pritzker to review mask-wearing orders after new CDC guidelines are released
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has said he will revise the executive orders to synchronize with new CDC guidelines on mask wear by those vaccinated in indoor and outdoor spaces.
The new guidelines, released Thursday, say masks are no longer recommended for people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, paving the way for a return to normalcy as summer approaches.
“I firmly believe in following the science and will revise my executive orders in accordance with CDC guidelines by lifting additional mitigation measures for those vaccinated,” Pritzker said. “The message from scientists is clear: if you are vaccinated, you can do a lot more safely.”
Illinois Joins Companies to Offer Incentives to Encourage COVID Vaccinations
While Illinois doesn’t quite offer a million dollar giveaway, here’s our up-to-date list of giveaways and discounts associated with getting COVID-19 vaccines.
– Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced a massive effort to encourage residents to get vaccinated, partnering with Six Flags to donate 50,000 free tickets to Gurnee and Rockford theme parks.
According to the governor, the value of the tickets is around $ 4 million.
Illinois National Guard mobile vaccination teams will travel to Gurnee Theme Park on June 5 and 6 to administer the doses, and more details will be released in the coming weeks.
-The Chicago Cubs are giving away discounted tickets to fans for their next series against the Washington Nationals. For $ 20, fans who are fully vaccinated can sit in a special section of the stands at Wrigley Field, with no social distancing guidelines in place, according to the team.
The news comes ahead of the Cubs opening 60%, as Illinois moves into its “bridge phase” in its plan to reopen COVID.
Chicago announces capacity changes for people vaccinated in city bridge phase
Chicago will have new guidelines as the city enters its bridge phase on Friday.
The city has announced plans to expand vaccine exemptions as part of the new reopening stage, thereby increasing capacity limitations for businesses with fully vaccinated guests.
“In addition to the increased capacity that comes with the Chicago Bridge phase, companies will have the option of not counting fully vaccinated individuals within the COVID-19 capacity limits for all industries,” the city said in a statement. “Restaurants and bars will also be able to accommodate parties of more than ten people if all customers are fully immunized. “
Under the exemption, the following changes may take place, depending on the city:
- Fully vaccinated individuals do not count towards the capacity limits for COVID-19 in all industries.
- Bars, restaurants and other establishments that allow the consumption of food or alcohol on-site may increase the size of the table or party above the ten-limit if all guests 16 years of age and older at that time. table or within this holiday are fully vaccinated.
- Late liquor licensees can operate without hour restrictions for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic if only fully vaccinated customers are allowed in. While all bars and restaurants are permitted to remain open during normal Chicago Bridge phase hours, this will allow Late Hour establishments to remain open until 4:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday morning and 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning if every clients are fully immunized.
Six Flags to Give 50K Free Tickets to Illinois Residents Who Receive COVID Vaccine
Governor JB Pritzker on Thursday announced a new incentive to encourage Illinois residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19: free tickets to Six Flags.
Six Flags Great America is donating 50,000 free Gurnee and Rockford amusement park tickets to newly vaccinated Illinois residents, Pritzker’s office said in a statement, noting that the tickets were worth $ 4 million. dollars.
As part of this effort, the state is sending Illinois National Guard mobile vaccination teams to the park’s Gurnee site on June 5 and 6, and if the turnout is high, they will return the others. days to continue vaccinations, officials said.
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Cubs and White Sox will increase capacity and designate zones for fully vaccinated ventilators
The Cubs and White Sox will both increase the capacity limits of the Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate fields to 60% later this month, as Chicago continues to further lift COVID restrictions, the teams said Thursday.
The Sox will increase their capacity to around 24,300 fans at the guaranteed rate field starting May 24 against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team said in a statement.
The new capacity limits at Wrigley Field will take effect when the Cubs begin their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on May 28, the team said.
Both fields will also soon debut in new areas designated in the stands especially for fans who are fully vaccinated.
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Coronavirus in Illinois: 1,918 new cases of COVID, 35 deaths, 68K vaccinations
Illinois health officials have reported 1,918 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases and 35 additional deaths in the last day, as well as more than 68,000 vaccinations administered.
The newly reported coronavirus cases bring the state’s total to 1,361,666 cases since the start of the pandemic and bring the total number of deaths to 22,320, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The statewide positivity rate has remained at 2.7% of all tests returning positive results, and the positivity rate for those tested in the past seven days has dropped to 3.2% , according to data from the IDPH.
The state reported 68,035 vaccinations given on the last day, according to the latest data, bringing the seven-day moving average of vaccines given to 76,082 doses.
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COVID vaccine for 12-15 years old: where children can get vaccinated in the Chicago area
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved the use of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 12 to 15, paving the way for injections to begin on Thursday.
Where can parents get their children immunized in the Chicago area?
A number of health services have announced plans to start immunizing children in this age group, as have health care providers.
Here’s a look at what the jurisdictions and vendors have said.